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14 March 2013

Side Effects

directed by Steven Soderbergh

Soderbergh has threatened this before, to go all Jay-Z on us and quit the game forever, but until that day actually comes I will continue to be excited for each new Soderbergh work. Side Effects finds the filmmaker at the top of his game with an effortlessly tangled and beguiling tale that is at once familiar and new. Channing Tatum is Martin Taylor, a white collar convict loosed from the clink and back to the beautiful wife (a deadly good Rooney Mara) who waited for him. As Martin struggles to get their lives back on track to success and decadence, Emily (Mara) struggles with dark corners all her own. After a surreal car accident, Emily comes under the care of psychiatrist Dr. Banks (Jude Law is spectacular!) who believes it’s simply a matter of chemical equilibrium. After a few trials, Dr. Banks (at the recommendation of a wonderful Katherine Zeta-Jones) discovers Ablixa, the latest and trendiest cure-all, and I won’t spoil any more for you. It’s as taught a thriller as I’ve found in recent years, and the excellent level of execution on all fronts, from acting to sound design, make for a devilishly good time at the movies. Side Effects is the slick and twisty product of a master craftsman, lethally sharp, a pharmaceutical grade thriller designed to jack with your mind in all the most delicious ways.  

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